"COLLEGE MAKES A MAN OR MARS HIM."
Who has the ancient love of knowledge;
And don't he like the new ideas
That now prevail at Cambridge College?
"Fair Harvard" is his single tune
For all the hymns that speak of heaven;
And he is coming here in June,
E'en now he blows for '77.
But will this Freshman be the boy
To live a life that's studious, very?
(For Ludwig Dindorf would employ
His nights in avocations merry,
If he were called as boys invite, -
If he could hear the cry in chorus:
"That beard so gray proclaims your right, -
Accept our homage; please reign o'er us!")
Now, should he Learning's honors see,
And, full of glowing ardor, choose 'em,
Then what a jewel that shall be,
Ablaze on Alma Mater's bosom!
But can one dread to be a shirk
On whom no eyes at home are centred?
Will he prepare for after-work?
He finished that before he entered!
And this old cove can sing so well,
And gives such wine, and knows such stories,
That he - alas! I hate to tell -
Will be seduced by social glories.